R-4098 American Sign Language Teacher-ASL (Elementary Department)

R-4098 Reference#312010551   

Posting Date: May 14, 2019                                                                 

AIDB is sensitive to the needs of individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing and for qualified applicants and employees will make reasonable accommodations.

POSITION:    American Sign Language Teacher—ASL (Elementary Department)

                       Alabama School for the Deaf 


  • Must possess or be eligible to obtain an Alabama Teaching Certificate upon first day of employment.
  • Must possess certification in Deaf Education within first thirty (30) months of employment.
  • Experience in the field of Deaf Education, ASL, Linguistics, Deaf Studies or related field will be considered.
  • Experience working with deaf or hard of hearing individuals and possessing the ability to communicate according to the AIDB Communication and Language Policies and Procedures will be considered.
  • Must participate in reasonable professional development related to ASL Instruction, Assessment, etc. as agreed upon with the department director.
  • Allapplicants must provide documentation of sign language proficiency or take a sign language proficiency evaluation (SCPI available through AIDB).
  • A minimum sign language proficiency level of SUPERIOR or equivalent rating according to the AIDB evaluation system, SLPI, ASLPI or other ASL evaluation system is required. A proficiency level of SUPERIOR PLUS or equivalent rating must be obtained within the first thirty (30) months of employment.

Upon offer of employment, the ABI/FBI record check must be completed based on the Alabama Child Protection Act of 1999 pursuant to Act 2002-457.  A non-refundable fee of $48.15 is required at the scheduled appointment.  Suitable criteria must be confirmed by the Alabama State Department of Education prior to beginning to work. 


  • Collaborate with Language Arts classes in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd Grade.
  • Develop, provide, and evaluate daily ASL Immersion classes for 1st-3rd graders and 4th-6th graders with beginning ASL skills, as referred by the classroom teachers and director.
  • Participate with the development of and integrate the students’ ASL linguistic goals based on their Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for each assigned student based on the school curriculum, state standards (if state standards are established), and national K-12 ASL Content Standards.
  • Develop, submit, and implement course overviews and lesson plans which include the national K-12 ASL Content Standards.
  • Develop and maintain a classroom learning environment conducive to individual student achievement.
  • Determine student programmatic needs relative to materials and supplies, and submit requests/recommendations as deemed appropriate.
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of the school’s Communication and Language Policies and Procedures and adhere to these at all times.
  • Evaluate and report, Pre-Kindergarten to 3rd grade student progress in receptive and expressive ASL and modify student instruction accordingly.
  • Evaluate and report new students, Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade, proficiency in receptive and expressive ASL to determine their need for interpreter services and re-evaluate their need periodically.
  • Assist students in developing age-appropriate American Sign Language fluency including language related social skills.
  • Assist students in developing personal/social skills which may include proper personal hygiene skills, interpersonal relationship skills, etc.
  • Determine standards for classroom behavior and provide discipline measures for students according to the standards set by ASD Student Handbook.
  • Maintain such records and reports as deemed appropriate (grades, attendance, IEPs, testing, and etc.) and assist in explaining to parents.
  • Possess competence in use of computer / multi-media programs for creating, editing, and sharing ASL materials.
  • Insure that students wear glasses as recommended and report maintenance and repairs as needed.
  • Participate in staffing of students.
  • Accept responsibility of assignments made by principal or department director include activities such as lunchroom duty, displays/bulletin board assignments, monthly theme activities, etc.
  • Initiate, plan, and cooperate in field trips as deemed necessary. Assist in supervision of all ASD students on trips.
  • Develop and maintain a positive learning atmosphere and environment.
  • Cooperate and communicate effectively and professionally all matters regarding the student, the department, the school, and AIDB, to parents, other teachers, administrators, support personnel and related school staff and the general public.
  • Punctual and regular in attending classes, meetings, conferences and other school related duties.
  • Responsible for effective utilization of teacher aides within classroom setting as assigned by the Director.
  • Participate in workshops and staff in-service programs as scheduled.
  • Assist with in-service training for personnel within the school, state, or region.
  • Exhibit appropriate grooming and dress which serves as an acceptable role model for students.
  • Maintain working knowledge of AIDB Policies and Procedures, ASD Staff Manual, and ASD Student Handbook
  • Attend and/or assist in various extracurricular activities.
  • Assist with extracurricular/afterschool activities which may include the ASD Youth Ambassador Program, Parades, Career day, Athletic Events, Dorm Activities, Academic Bowl, Clubs and Organizations, etc.
  • Assist with duties in departments.
  • Possible Flexible Schedule Required.
  • Encouraged to become involved in athletic programs as coach/assistant coach.
  • Encouraged to obtain and maintain CDL/Bus Driver License.
  • Work as a team member.
  • Deal pleasantly and courteously with suppliers, customers, co-workers, staff from other departments, and co-workers by phone/VP, email, other written correspondence (including the many technical communication avenues available to adults and children).
  • Other duties as assigned.

SALARY: $40,784 - $54,317      Scale I1   Rank 2T   (BS-Rank II Certification)

                 $47,805 - $62,387      Scale I1   Rank 1T   (MA-Rank I Certification)

                 $50,891 - $65,929      Scale I1   Rank AA (AA Certification)

                        Direct deposit is required.

                              187 Days

This is an exempt position, and is not subject to overtime or compensatory provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.                                              

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  May 21, 2019         

This position is funded by a grant award, funded by revenue generated, necessary for compliance or provides direct service delivery.

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